As a child, M P Landis traveled throughout the world with his Mennonite missionary parents.
After studying political science, philosophy and literature for a few years he dropped out of Millersville University in Pennsylvania to help open a bookstore in downtown Lancaster, PA. In 1989 he moved to Provincetown, MA, to concentrate on making visual art, his intention since early childhood. He quickly began exhibiting there and was awarded a solo exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in 1995. In 1996 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he lived and worked until the spring of 2015 when he and his family moved to Portland, Maine. Since 1990 he has been in over 30 solo exhibitions and many 2-person and group exhibits and is included in many public and private collections. Landis has taught workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center, Maine College of Art, the Brooklyn Workshop Gallery Foundation, through Farm projects and independently. He exhibits at AMP in Provincetown.